Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and we all know the story told to many schoolchildren about the pilgrims and Indians isn’t true. So, where can someone go to learn more about Native Americans?
There are so many places. Let’s take a look at some apps that may help.
Native Language App
Created by Vision Maker Media, this app is a good way for language learners of all ages to learn words from across Indian country. The app feature four different languages: Diné (Navajo), Lakota (Sioux), Mvskoke (Muscogee Creek), and Ponca. This app shows the diversity of Native languages, and has colorful images to engage young minds. It is free and available on the App Store.
Ojibway People and Language
Learn about the Ojibway people and how they live, as well as their history, famous Ojibway people in sports, celebrities, musicians, authors, and learn to speak Ojibway. The app also includes maps, information about treaties, and spoken Ojibway pronunciations. It is free and available on the App Store by searching for the app name.
NLM Native Voices
This is the official app that accompanies the “Native Voices: Native Concepts of Health and Illness” at the National Library of Medicine. Using streaming video and an interactive art gallery, the exhibition explores the interconnectedness of wellness, illness, and cultural life for Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians. Viewers will learn how Native concepts of health and illness are closely tied to concepts of community, spirit, and the land. This app is free and available on the App Store for iPad devices.
This Diné language app has a number of features. Users can login with Facebook, use a Diné keyboard, check out the word of the day, and search for words in either Diné or English, listen to words in Diné. The app will be adding more features soon including a clanship module, and more categories to keep the language learning going. It is free and available on the App Store.
Infinity of Nations
This app, from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, is available in English or Spanish, and offers a look at the “Infinity of Nations” exhibit from NMAI in New York. The exhibition presents nearly 700 works of art from throughout Native North, Central, and South America. Each item provides a description and image of the item. This app is free and available on the App Store. Get ready to learn!
This list is by no means complete. There are a number of other apps that can help anyone interested learn about Native languages and cultures.